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II.    RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(a)

A.     Goals and Objectives

During FY 1984, the Department's principal objectives for this program
were to:

o Publish revised and simplified Indian Education Act regulations.

o Audit at least one-third of the local Part A projects, and provide tech-
nical assistance as needed to correct specific deficiencies or improve
the overall effectiveness of local projects.

B. Progress and Accomplishments

o New simplified regulations were published June 7, 1984.

o In 1983, 321 projects, representing 29 percent of all Part A grants   to

LEAs, had been audited and an Audit Report was sent to Congress    in

March, 1984.  The audited projects were in 21 States and served    an
average of 261 students at a cost of $185 per pupil. (E.2)

C. Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness

Students Served: In FY 1983, 1,083 grants totaling $44,031,321 were made
to school districts based on total Indian enrollments of 304,790, Based
on findings of the Impact Study (E.I below), 78 percent of all Indian stu-
dents enrolled in schools with Part A projects are estimated to have been
direct recipients of special services funded by Part A, for an average
cost per student served of $221 (E.I). An additional $4,381,392 went to
35 Indian-controlled schools serving 7,490 students.

Program Scope: The Impact Study was based on an estimated 259,735 Part A
eligible students in K-12 in a sample of 865 projects funded in 1981.
Students were divided almost equally among the following grade ranges:
K-3 (30%); 4-6 (23.5%); 7-9 (23.5%) and 10-12 (23%). The largest proportion
(44%) of the students participating in Part A projects attended schools in
districts on or near reservations, while the next largest proportion (27%)
attended school in other rural areas.

Others were enrolled in urban non-metropolitan (19%) and metropolitan
(10%) areas (E.I).

Types of Services Provided: Most project activities are directed toward
improving basic skills, cultural awareness or student attitudes, and
attendance or persistence in school (E.I). Specific activities include
provision of tutors or classroom aides, counseling and home visits, and
instruction in Indian history, culture, and crafts. About one-fifth of
the projects also provide small amounts of financial assistance to stu-
dents so they may fully participate in project or school activities.r (Section 16).rticipating in Follow Through also function as Resource Centers anc!